David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
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Erkenntnis 41 (1):37 - 48 (1994)
In recent attempts at deriving morality from rationality expected utility theory has played a major role. In the most prominent such attempt, Gauthier'sMorals by Agreement, a mode of maximizing utility calledconstrained maximization is defended. I want to show that constrained maximization or any similar proposal cannot be coherently supported by expected utility theory. First, I point to an important implication of that theory. Second, I discuss the question of what the place of constrained maximization in utility theory might be. Third, I argue that no matter how we answer this question, expected utility theory cannot provide the reason why a moral disposition like constrained maximization is to be preferred to its rivals.
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David P. Gauthier (1986). Morals by Agreement. Oxford University Press.
Michael Taylor (1987). The Possibility of Cooperation. Cambridge University Press.
Rainer Hegselmann (1989). Review: Rational Egoism, Mutual Advantage and Morality -- A Review-Discussion of D. Gauthier: "Morals by Agreement". [REVIEW] Erkenntnis 31 (1):143 - 159.
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